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Pete Rose To Place First Legal Bet At Cincinnati Sportsbook

Hard Rock Casino Opens Sportsbook On Jan. 1, 2023


A new sportsbook in Cincinnati, Ohio will feature a ceremonial first bet placed by Pete Rose, MLB’s all-time hit king.

At approximately 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2023, Rose will place the first bet for Hard Rock Sportsbook in Cincinnati. Rose was famously banned from baseball decades ago for betting on the game. He was a player and manager for the Reds.

Gambling on sports was widely banned during Rose’s playing and managing days. However, since 2018, states in the U.S. have been legalizing sports betting. Ohio is one of more than 30 states with legalized sports wagering.

Other local sports stars will be in attendance for the opening of the Queen City book.

In addition to Rose, Hall of Fame Broadcaster Marty Brennaman, Cincinnati Reds legends Tom “Mr. Perfect” Browning and Bronson Arroyo, Olympic Gold Medalist Mary Wineberg, Cincinnati Bengals Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz, former Cincinnati Bengals players Ickey Woods, Jim Breech, and David Fulcher will all be present.

The Hard Rock Sportsbook will officially open when sports betting becomes legal in the state of Ohio. Hard Rock Sportsbook will be located adjacent to the Hard Rock Cafe and will feature a new lounge area, 33 betting kiosks and betting windows.

Ohioans can also play on the branded online sportsbook.

The casino operator launched a joint venture named Hard Rock Digital in 2020, which included an online sportsbook, retail sportsbooks and internet gaming platform.

The Ohio sports betting legislation called for a start date no later than Jan. 1, 2023. While the industry awaits the launch, Ohio sports teams have been busy preparing. The Cleveland Browns and Bally’s Interactive partnered for betting, while the Cleveland Cavaliers forged a relationship with Caesars Entertainment.

The Cincinnati Bengals in July announced a partnership with the sports betting brand Betfred. Terms of the multi-year exclusive marketing deal were not disclosed.

“The Bengals continue to look for exciting new ways to enhance the fan experience and this partnership will provide additional opportunities to engage with our fans,” said Brian Sells, Bengals Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “We look forward to working with Betfred to create fun, fan-focused activations that add to the excitement on gameday.”